HGV Training FAQ’s

At what age can I start learning to drive a LGV?
You can start learning to drive a LGV from 18, as long as you have a current valid UK car licence.

How much can a LGV driver earn?
As a LGV driver, Cat C, you can expect to earn around £500.00 per week, and if you want to progress onto articulated vehicles Cat CE, you can expect to earn in excess of £600.00 per week.

A qualified articulated LGV driver with an ADR (Dangerous Goods Licence) can expect to earn in excess of £850.00 per week.

What methods of payment can I use?
We accept all forms of credit/debit card, PayPal, bank transfer, cash, or cheque (funds must clear before training commences).

Where will I do my Training?
All training is carried out in and around Chelmsford and the surrounding area. We will practice the reversing and manoeuvring

exercise at a local, off road location.

How many people are in the cab whilst training?
Some training companies will force you to share your training with another student, meaning that 3 people would be in the cab. We have found that most people prefer a 1 on 1 learning style so it will be just you and your instructor throughout the duration of the training.

Is the theory test included in the course cost?
Unforunately no, the cost covers all aspects of the practical training and the test day but not the theory tests. We can book them for you, please contact us for more information.

What is required from me before I come to you to start training?
You will need to obtain a medical, (we can assist you in this subject), provisional licence and have passed your theory and hazard perception tests. Medical and provisional forms can be downloaded from DSA/DVLA websites, or we can supply them for you.

I have had a full driving licence for a number of years. Do I need to apply for a provisional truck licence?
Yes, unless your licence has a provisional entitlement allowing for category C vehicles, contact us if you’re unsure.

Can I pass my test in less than 5 days?
Yes, depending on your competence and previous driving experience, we do offer the option to fast-track any of our courses, click here to see more information on our LGV courses.

How long will my LGV entitlement last?
You will retain LGV entitlement till you are 45 years of age however you will be required to “renew” your vocational licence every 5 years. To renew you will need to sign a declaration to confirm you are fit and healthy to drive a commercial vehicle. Once you reach 45 years old you must pass a medical (and every 5 years thereafter) to confirm you are physically able to drive a LGV professionally, once you reach 65 years old you will then need to pass a medical every year.

Do I need a digital tachograph card while training?
No. Whilst undergoing driver training you will be exempt from using a tachograph, either analogue or digital. Although part of our training course will show you how to use them.

What is Driver CPC?
The driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) is a requirement for LGV and PCV drivers who drive professionally throughout the EU. It has been developed as a requirement of the EU Directive 2003/59/EC, which is designed to improve the knowledge and skills of professional LGV drivers throughout their working lives.

Who will Driver CPC affect?
All professional drivers of lorries and buses over 3.5 tonnes GVW.

How do I get a Driver CPC?
Either by attending periodic training or passing the initial Driver CPC tests, contact us if you are unsure which applies to you.

I hold an LGV licence and do occasional driving for an agency although this is not my main job. Does DCPC apply to me?
Yes if you are driving professionally for any period of time you will be required to hold DCPC. It is not the number of hours worked which affects the requirement for DCPC, it is the type of driving undertaken.

I already have a CPC for transport operations do I need the Driver CPC?
If you are professionally driving vehicles over 3.5 tonnes GVW you will need a Driver CPC. The CPC for transport operators is a different qualification.

Can I work as a driver without a Driver CPC?
No, unless in exempted circumstances.

How will Driver CPC status be evidenced?
Drivers will be issued a separate Driver Qualification Card (DQC) which will have to be carried at all times when driving professionally.

When do LGV drivers get issued with their Driver qualification card?
When they have completed their 35 hours of Periodic Training or passed the initial tests.

If a driver already holds an initial CPC for one LGV category (eg rigid lorry Category C), will that person need another CPC to drive another LGV Category (eg articulated lorry Category C+E)?
No, you will upgrade your vocational licence in the normal way. Once you have obtained your Driver CPC you will not need to renew or alter it until it expires (Every 5 years).

Will it be an offence for someone to drive without a Driver CPC or Driver Qualification Card (DQC) when they should have one?
Yes there will be penalties if someone drives without the Driver CPC or is not carrying their DQC. There will also be penalties for Operators who cause or permit a driver to drive without a Driver CPC or DQC. Allowances will be made for lost or stolen DQC’s similar to the rules that are currently in force for lost or stolen digital tachograph cards.

Who can arrange my initial tests?
Supreme Driver Training are able to organise all of your Driver CPC training requirements please call us on 01621 779890 or contact us to discuss your requirements.

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